Unique Characteristics

  • Richard Mark French

There are several unique types of guitars and, while they all have elements in common, it is helpful to organize specific measurements and features as a reference. This chapter describes the basic features of representative guitars

Classical Guitars

Modern classical guitars are generally similar to the designs that were common at the end of the 1800s. There is surprisingly little variation in the external appearance of classical guitars; in this sense, they have something in common with violins. This section offers dimensions and other specific characteristics of a representative classical guitar.

Classical guitars are made in many different sizes, though the dimensions vary roughly in proportion to the scale length. The dimensions given here correspond to a representative instrument with a scale length of 25.5 in (648 mm). Of course, individual instruments can vary from these measurements, but these numbers are a reasonable starting place.

Classical guitars are distinguished by...


Nominal Dimension Representative Dimension Stringed Instrument Veneer Sheet Scarf Joint 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Mark French
    • 1
  1. 1.Purdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA

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